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Spacey's teen sex claim apology sparks backlash

By / Published on Monday, 30 Oct 2017 19:00 PM / No Comments / 25 views

Kevin Spacey is facing a Hollywood backlash after being accused of historical sex advances towards a 14-year-old boy.

Actors, writers and comedians have been voicing their anger over the actor’s response to allegations that he tried to sexually assault a teenager when he was 26.

In an interview published on Monday, actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed News that Spacey befriended him in 1986 while they were both performing on Broadway.

He claimed the Usual Suspects star invited him to his apartment for a party and at the end of the night picked him up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.

Rapp told Buzzfeed he believed Spacey was “trying to seduce me” and he was “aware that he was trying to get with me sexually”.

He said he managed to push Spacey off him before leaving.

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Anthony Rapp attends 'Star Trek: Discovery' panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017
Image: Anthony Rapp played a lead role in the Broadway musical Rent

In a statement tweeted shortly after, Spacey said he has “a lot of respect and admiration” for Rapp and is “beyond horrified to hear his story”.

“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” said his Twitter statement.

“But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all those years.”

He also used the occasion to “address other things about my life”, and admitted “now to live as a gay man”.

Across social media, celebrities have criticised Spacey for a “calculated move”.

“The classiest way to come out of the closet is as a PR smokescreen to distract people from the fact that you tried to molest a child,” wrote comedian Guy Branum.

“That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope,” wrote comedian and presenter Billy Eichner.

“But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous,” he added.

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Image: Rose McGowan was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault

Other, like author Mark Harris, comedian Cameron Esposito and Full Frontal writer Travon Free, made a point that being gay should not be linked to the alleged harassment of a 14-year-old.

“Being gay is not an excuse for trying to molest children,” Free wrote.

Harris said: “I keep rereading this statement and getting angrier. Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong.”

The claims come after the allegations about Harvey Weinstein prompted many people to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse.

Weinstein denies any accusations made against him.

Actress Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, has tweeted her reaction to Spacey’s statement, writing: “Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye.”

In Westminster, Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a binding code of conduct for MPs as claims of sexual impropriety also emerge.

Thanks to: Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | Sky News

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